According to a report from Corriere dello Sport (August 18th, page 26), West Ham are attempting to hijack Fiorentina’s move to sign Strasbourg youngster Jean-Ricner Bellegarde.
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David Moyes might just be on the look-out for further central midfield reinforcements this summer.
The Hammers boss has already brought Tomas Soucek to the London Stadium. But with Carlos Sanchez having already left West Ham and Mark Noble now in the twilight years of his career, the east London outfit do seem a little light in the middle of the park.
Moyes wants to bring young, talented and hungry players to West Ham this summer.
And Jean-Ricner Bellegarde certainly fits into that category.
Fiorentina were thought to be leading the race for the 22-year-old’s signature but Corriere dello Sport (August 18th, page 26) now suggest that the Hammers are attempting to hijack the Serie A outfit’s move to sign the France under-21 international.
Bellegarde racked up one goal and one assist in 30 games for Strasbourg last season (Transfermarkt).
In 24 Ligue 1 outings, the 22-year-old averaged 1.7 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game. In those appearances, he averaged 27.9 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 86.6% (Who Scored).
Bellegarde is young, dynamic and energetic. In other words, he is just the kind of player Moyes should be bringing to West Ham.
Much will depend on whether the Hammers board back the Scot financially, however. Funds are allegedly tight in east London.
And perhaps the owners might be prioritising funds for defensive reinforcements instead.
We shall have to wait and see.